As of Feb. 26, the TCLA has officially announced they will be committing to the increase proposal. This information was passed along in a press release.
In recent months, a study was held at the Lake of the Ozarks to gauge the feasibility of a soccer complex within the tri-county area. In order to accomplish this funding, the TCLA would need to increase their lodging tax by a citizen vote. As of Feb. 26, the TCLA has officially announced they will be committing to the increase proposal. This information was passed along in a press release.
The release read as follows:During the Lake of the Ozarks Tri-County Lodging Association Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, February 21, 2019, the Board of Directors motioned to continue to pursue a destination tournament soccer complex development to be built in the Tri-County (Camden/Miller/Morgan) area. The motion also encouraged the three (3) Lake of the Ozarks Area Business Districts of Camden, Miller, and Morgan County Advisory Board members to vote in favor of pursuing a ballot initiative during the next general election. The ballot initiative would ask the voters in the three (3) districts to raise the lodging tax amounts to 6.0% for the purposes of constructing a destination tournament soccer complex. The majority of the TCLA Board voted in favor of this motion. The Lake of the Ozarks Area Business Districts of Camden and Miller Counties also motioned and moved to continue to pursue the project. Advisory Board members from Morgan County were unable to attend this meeting and will address this issue at the March meeting. Several organizations and local businesses funded a project analysis conducted by XO Strategic out of Kansas City, Missouri. The findings indicated the Lake Area could support an eight-field destination tournament soccer complex which could provide 12-14 tournaments per year. Each tournament would include 50-300 teams over the weekends during the spring and fall business cycles. It is estimated that these tournaments would generate 50,000 to 120,000 room nights annually for the Lake of the Ozarks and provide a $75 million economic impact per year. The soccer tournaments would mandate a stay & play policy with a two (2) night minimum, which means all tournament overnight arrangements will only be made with TCLA accommodation facilities who are current in their collection and remittance of the county lodging tax. Requests for Proposals (RFP's) will be sent out soon to more than twenty-five (25) interested developers for the project.Four (4) public presentations were made to further educate the local residents about this opportunity. An Advisory Board has been created to review the RFP's and make suggestions on the best possible locations. The Advisory Board includes three (3) prominent area business leaders and the Presidents of both the Lake of the Ozarks Tri-County Lodging Association and the Convention & Visitor Bureau.